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Potential change in circumstances later - single parent

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    I am 33 and a single parent of a 2 year old and starting university full time in September - so excited (and scared!!!). I never went to uni full time, it has always been a dream, but life had different ideas... I had a good career, good money, but gave it up last year as I was so unhappy towards the end, it started to affect my mental health, so just left late last year to spend some time with my LO. Best decision I have ever made. It's hard with little money and a big change, but I love it. Am so much happier and excited about the future.I am due to apply through student finance for funding as a single parent for loans and some grants, if available. However, the thought has just hit me, what if I am no longer a single parent say in a few months and find a partner? How will this change my application?I have been alone with my daughter since she was concieved, when her dad decided to up and go and did dot want us in his life and have not had a boyfriend since. However, I had a few dates with a guy in last few months and we talk a lot on phone, messages etc. I have a feeling this might develop into a serious relationship. If it does and we do decide to move in together eventually, what are the implications?What do you think? Have you been in this situation or know anyone who has? What happens to my funding? I assume I will be reassessed, will need to return some of the money, how does that work?Has anyone been studying full time with children and relying on partner's income? The thought of relying on someone else scares me to death, I have always been so independent.

    You wouldn't have to return any money already given to you. Student finance is worked out based on your previous year's income. I don't know about the rest of it though - I think your partner's income is taken into account if you are cohabiting, so it's something to think about if your relationship is likely to move in that direction.
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